By Wyatt Earp | January 21, 2010
I realize that a lot of you are not from the Philadelphia area, so this is an important safety tip for those outside the city limits. The 35th District in north Philadelphia has lost three officers in the line of duty within the last three years. Obviously, they are very concerned with their personal safety.
That being said, it is probably not the best idea to point a gun at any police officer, yet alone one from the 35th. Otherwise, you may end up with a serious case of lead poisoning. Here endeth the lesson.
A man was shot and critically wounded by Philadelphia police in Olney last night after he aimed a gun at officers during a chase, authorities said. The incident began about 7:30 p.m., when a 35th District officer stopped two men on Grange Avenue near Front Street.
The cop believed that the men fit the description of two robbers who struck in the area on Tuesday, police said. One of the men pulled out a handgun, prompting the officer to fire once, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
The suspect darted down nearby Hope Street, where he aimed his weapon at a sergeant and an officer who had been called to the scene for backup, Vanore said. All three cops opened fire; the man was wounded twice in the neck and once in the ankle.
I know all of the officers involved, and they are all good cops. Thankfully, none of the were injured, and hopefully, the suspect had some common sense shot into him.